Do you ever feel like your house gets a little messier each day you head towards the weekend? By the time Friday gets here, I’m embarrassed to have people in the house and I usually spend most of my Saturday cleaning my house.
Every weekend I feel like I spend Saturday trying to recover from my week and Sunday trying to set myself up to take on the upcoming week. I’ll do every little thing I can to save myself some time later in the week.
Looking for a way to keep your cookies or crackers fresh AND save time making lunches? Use these short cuts for lunches and keep your cookies and cracker fresh.
How would you like to make two different cookies at the same time?
You can make a double batch of this cookie dough then switch up what you put in it.
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or grated peel of 1 orange
3 cups quick or old-fashioned oats
To make White Chocolate Chip Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies add:
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups dried cranberries
To make Oatmeal Scotchies add:
1 11-oz. package butterscotch chips
Combine, flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla extract in large bowl. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in oats and the extra ingredients. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool on baking sheets for 1 – 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool
you can clean a cast iron pan by scrubbing it with salt and a potato or sponge. The salt, a natural abrasive, absorbs oil and lifts away bits of food while preserving the pans seasoning. Rinse away salt and wipe dry. Add some olive oil or bacon grease to the pan and rub in with paper towel.
Time Required: 30 minutes
Check the Dates
Immediately get rid of those long-expired pickles and cake mixes and the can of chicken soup you bought to cure a nasty cold in 2005.
Banish “Aspirational” Foods
The sun-dried-tomato tapenade you planned to serve at the dinner party you didn’t get around to hosting? The hearty dry-bean soup mix whose instructions sound like a drag? “Let it go,” says Walsh. “Anything you don’t use regularly or have immediate plans to use is in danger of being wasted.”
Group “Like” Foods
Assign each category—canned beans, pasta sauces, packaged snacks—its own section of shelf, and keep only what fits in the allotted space. Pack everything else into a box marked “donate.”
Atone for Your Waste
In addition to dropping off edible nonperishables at a local food bank, “estimate the cost of your expired cans—and write a check for that amount,” suggests Walsh. “That will help you commit to eating what you buy.”
Article found at http://www.oprah.com/
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